The End of this Age

This age is coming to an end. We don’t know when it will happen, but Jesus tells us what will happen: “The Son of Man [that is, Jesus] will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” In other words, judgment! The Apostle Peter, who heard Jesus make this statement, writes about “the day of judgment and perdition [destruction] of ungodly men… The heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent hear; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:7, 10). This world will someday be destroyed. All that we see – houses, cars, buildings, planes, gardens, fields, factories, forests – everything will suddenly disappear in a huge conflagration. At the same time, those who have set their hope on this world, who have “loved” this world more than God, who have followed the “course of this world” and have allowed themselves to be “conformed to this world” – these people will be judged by God and then consigned to what Jesus calls “everlasting punishment” (Matthew 25:46). What does that say about our priorities in life?